The Ultimate Working From Home Salad

If we’ve learnt anything about the Brussels sprouts over the years, it’s that they need a new PR manager (maybe the team behind banana bread is free?). The bitter, boiled versions consumed with the groans and pinched noses of childhood have given this rather fantastic vegetable a bad rap. Luckily for Brussels sprouts, Julia Busuttil Nishimura is giving them a rebrand!

In this almost-spring salad recipe, Julia’s Brussels sprouts are roasted to crispiness on the outside, and sweet tenderness on the inside. Combined with toasted hazelnuts, tart apple matchsticks, a honey lemon dressing and a scattering of herbs, we’re calling this simple nutrient-packed salad the ultimate working from home lunch!

Side note… Julia’s HOTLY anticipated second cookbook, A Year Of Simple Food, is out next week! While we might be slightly biased, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be THE cookbook of the year. You can pre-order it here!

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Roasted Brussels sprouts ready for the salad. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Roasted Brussels sprouts salad with toasted hazelnuts and tart apple matchsticks. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Brussels sprouts are to be halved before popped in the oven. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Julia Busuttil Nishimura
18th of August 2020

When cooked right, Brussels sprouts are a real winter treat. Sweet and tender on the inside, crispy on the outside – they are one of my very favourite vegetables. Sometimes I cook them in a hot cast iron pan so they become all nice and charred, or shallow fry them whole, and other times I like to halve them and roast them in a super hot oven. The outer leaves become almost chip-like and they caramelise wonderfully. Today for this incredibly simple salad, they get the roasting treatment, and while they are in the oven, the salad can be prepared and then assembled for a quick and satisfying lunch.

One of my favourite ways to eat Brussels sprouts is with some pancetta or bacon, but here I’ve made a fresh and zingy winter salad, packed full of flavour. It is perfect as a meal itself with some crusty bread, or a wonderful side to a heartier main. Don’t be shy with the herbs, they really give this salad a lot of freshness. The apple should nice a tart – I’ve used a pink lady but something like a granny smith would be great too. Just be sure to cut it right before serving, or toss the apple matchsticks in some lemon juice to stop them oxidising and turning brown. Other nuts, like walnuts and almonds are nice here too, it really is a versatile salad, so use what you have. If your honey is solid, rather than runny, just gently warm it in a small pot before adding to the dressing.

Is this the ultimate working from home salad? Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.


Serves 4

500g Brussels sprouts
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
1 large apple, cut into match sticks
Large handful of parsley, leaves picked
Large handful mint, leaves picked
60g toasted hazelnuts, halved

Honey lemon dressing
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 heaped tsp honey
1/4 clove garlic, crushed or finely grated
Sea salt and black pepper


 Trim the ends of the brussels sprouts and remove any tough outer leaves. Halve them and place in a bowl with the olive oil. Season generously with sea salt and toss so that the sprouts are well coated. Arrange them in a single layer on the tray and roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until coloured and just tender, turning the brussels sprouts if necessary. Allow to cool slightly. Combine the brussels sprouts in a large bowl with the apple, herbs and hazelnuts.

 Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or shake in a jar until combined. Season to taste. Pour over the salad, toss to combine and serve.

What else I’m eating this month:

A Persian feast with the guidance of Free to Feed, Melbourne. They’re delivering their All Together Now packs across Australia so you can cook and learn from one of their fabulous instructors.

What else I’m cooking with:

New season spring things like broad beans, which don’t need to be double podded right now as they are super tender and fresh. And the first of the berries. Strawberries are looking so great right now and feel like a breath of fresh air after winter.

You can follow Julia’s food adventures on Instagram and find more fab recipes via her website!

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